Prohibition in Washington, DC: How Dry We Weren't (Paperback)

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In 1929, it was estimated that every week bootleggers brought twenty-two thousand gallons of whiskey, moonshine and other spirits into Washington, D.C.'s three thousand speakeasies. H.L. Mencken called it the thirteen awful years, "? though it was sixteen for the District. Nevertheless, the bathtub gin, swilling capital dwellers made the most of Prohibition. Author Garrett Peck crafts a rollicking history brimming with stories of vice, topped off with vintage cocktail recipes and garnished with a walking tour of former speakeasies. Join Peck as he explores an underground city ruled not by organized crime but by amateur bootleggers, where publicly teetotaling congressmen could get a stiff drink behind House office doors and the African American community of U Street was humming with a new sound called jazz.

About the Author

Garrett Peck is an author, historian and tour guide. Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. is his sixth book. Peck was involved with the D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild in lobbying the D.C. City Council to have the Rickey declared Washington's native cocktail, and Green Hat Gin is named after a character he wrote about in Prohibition in Washington, D.C. A native Californian and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and George Washington University, he lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781609492366
ISBN-10: 1609492366
Publisher: History Press (SC)
Publication Date: March 25th, 2011
Pages: 158
Language: English